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Aaron Hill : the muses' projector, 1685-1750 /
Christine Gerrard.
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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267 p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0198183887
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003.
isbn
0198183887
catalogue key
5020614
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [248]-258) and index.
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"Ms. Gerrard argues a strong case for a Whig style of art that was not necessarily inferior to the satirical mannerism of Pope and his allies.... Her magisterial examination of Hill covers every aspect of his existence, as adventurer (his first work was a travelogue, written at age twenty-three, through the Middle East), married man, father, lover, entrepreneur, financier, politician, and finally valetudinarian."--Scriberlian "A rewarding book.... Gerrard carefully reconstructs the cultural politics of Grub Street."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
"Ms. Gerrard argues a strong case for a Whig style of art that was not necessarily inferior to the satirical mannerism of Pope and his allies.... Her magisterial examination of Hill covers every aspect of his existence, as adventurer (his first work was a travelogue, written at age twenty-three, through the Middle East), married man, father, lover, entrepreneur, financier, politician, and finally valetudinarian."-- Scriberlian "A rewarding book.... Gerrard carefully reconstructs the cultural politics of Grub Street."-- Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
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Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene - an image hard to square with the company of undistinguished scribblers to which Pope relegated him in the 'Dunciad'. This biography aims to correct this distorted picture of Hill's life.
Long Description
Christine Gerrard offers a lively and engaging account of one of the most interesting yet neglected figures in the age of Pope. Theater impresario, poet, and commercial entrepreneur, Aaron Hill enjoyed close relationships with Eliza Haywood and Samuel Richardson, and endured a difficult love-hate frienship with Pope.
Long Description
During his lifetime Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene - an image hard to square with the company of undistinguished scribblers to which Pope relegated him in the Dunciad. Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750, the first biography of this fascinating figure for nearly a century, aims to correct the distorted picture of the Augustan cultural scene which Pope passed down to posterity. Hill deliberately confronted Pope in his attempt to free poetry's sublime and visionary potential from the stale platitudes of neo-classical convention. An early champion of women poets, he also enjoyed close relationships with Eliza Haywood and Martha Fowke, and brought his three writing daughters Urania, Astrea, and Minerva into close contact with his lifelong friend the novelist Samuel Richardson. In 1711 Hill, as stage manager and librettist, introduced Handel to the English stage, as well as lobbying tirelessly for innovation in the eighteenth-century theatre. His entrepreneurial energies, directed at both commercial and cultural projects, mirror the zeitgeist of early Hanoverian Britain.
Main Description
During his lifetime Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene - an image hard to square with the company of undistinguished scribblers to which Pope relegated him in the Dunciad. Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750, the firstbiography of this fascinating figure for nearly a century, aims to correct the distorted picture of the Augustan cultural scene which Pope passed down to posterity. Hill deliberately confronted Pope in his attempt to free poetry's sublime and visionary potential from the stale platitudes ofneo-classical convention. An early champion of women poets, he also enjoyed close relationships with Eliza Haywood and Martha Fowke, and brought his three writing daughters Urania, Astrea, and Minerva into close contact with his lifelong friend the novelist Samuel Richardson. In 1711 Hill, as stagemanager and librettist, introduced Handel to the English stage, as well as lobbying tirelessly for innovation in the eighteenth-century theatre. His entrepreneurial energies, directed at both commercial and cultural projects, mirror the zeitgeist of early Hanoverian Britain.
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Gerrard offers a lively and engaging account of one of the most interesting yet neglected figures in the age of Pope. Theater impresario, poet, and commercial entrepreneur, Aaron Hill enjoyed close relationships with Eliza Haywood and Samuel Richardson, and endured a difficult love-hate frienship with Pope.
Table of Contents
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Introduction
Hackney Apollo, 1685-1711
Schemes and Projects, 1712-1721
'Heavenly Clio': the making of the Hillarian circle, 1720-1723
The 'Scorpion Haywood': the breaking of the Hillarian circle, 1723-1725
The Plain Dealer and the religious sublime, 1724-1728
'Dipt in the Dirt': Pope, cultural politics, and Grub Street, 1728-1733
Hill and the London stage, 1731-1736
Hill, Voltaire, and Prince Frederick, 1733-1738
'Essex man': Richardson and the Hill family, 1733-1738
Patriotism, fame, and death, 1743-1750
Bibliography
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